Jackie Chan needs room

Los Angeles Times - - MOVIES - Martin Tsai “Po­lice Story: Lock­down.” No MPAA rat­ing. Run­ning time: 1 hour, 48 min­utes. Play­ing: Arena Cinema, Hol­ly­wood. Also on VOD.

“Po­lice Story: Lock­down” is the sec­ond at­tempt at re­boot­ing a phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful Hong Kong movie fran­chise, two in­stall­ments of which were re­cut and dubbed for Amer­i­can au­di­ences as “Su­per­cop” and “Jackie Chan’s First Strike.”

Chan is back play­ing an in­de­struc­tible law­man. Only this time he’s serv­ing and pro­tect­ing main­land China — and do­ing so with­out his sig­na­ture mop­top.

He stars as Capt. Zhong Wen, a dec­o­rated ne­go­tia­tor who has dif­fused many a stand­off. His back story is un­re­mark­ably clichéd: Pro­fes­sional du­ties once kept him away from his dy­ing wife.

Six months since leav­ing the nest, his un­for­giv­ing daugh­ter, Miao (Tian Jing), fi­nally agrees to meet him at a seedy club. She plans to get a rise out of her old man by in­tro­duc­ing him to the club’s owner and her new beau, Wu Jiang (Ye Liu), who ap­par­ently has an old score to set­tle with Zhong. The club owner un­ex­pect­edly holds all pa­trons in­side hostage.

The en­gag­ing plot gets a bit ab­surd to­ward the end. The club set is im­pres­sively glitzy, even by Hol­ly­wood stan­dards, but it’s un­for­tu­nate that much of the film’s ac­tion is con­tained within this space. Be­sides the fact that Chan is get­ting a bit long in the tooth, the venue isn’t con­ducive for fight­ing and ac­ro­bat­ics. It makes fans of the orig­i­nal “Po­lice Story” fran­chise wist­ful for the mun­dane lo­cales but ex­tra­or­di­nary dare­devil stunt work of yore

Well Go USA

JACKIE CHAN is a vet­eran ne­go­tia­tor up against an un­sa­vory club owner in “Po­lice Story: Lock­down.”

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